Paper Towns (2015)
Starring: Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Justin Abrams, Justice Smith
Directed by: Jake Schreier
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In preparation to watch the movie I decided to read Paper Towns by John Green. I have read The Fault In Our Stars and, while I enjoyed it, I was not brought to tears like many other fans. Paper Towns is an entirely different book. It is much more psychological and thought provoking which for me, made it much more emotional. Green has become a quite famous author due to his ability to capture the psyche of the young adult. However, Paper Towns, more so than The Fault In Our Stars, captures the fears that we all have regardless of age. Paper Towns ends not how one would expect, but instead how it should end. Most authors would be afraid to take this route but Green does so and he does it marvelously. I have to say that I am a fan. All that being said, I don’t know how this book will play out as a movie but I am looking forward to it. I recommend giving Paper Towns a read. It is much more than another young adult novel.
Starring: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Lebron James, John Cena, Brie Larson
Directed by: Judd Apatow
Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll
Directed by: Peyton Reed
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Pierre Coffin
Directed by: Kyle Balda & Pierre Coffin
Everyone’s favorite little yellow guys are back, unfortunately. The minions are easily the best characters from the Despicable Me franchise. However, they do not have the power to carry a full a movie for an hour and a half. Their adorable gibberish wears thin after the first 15 minutes. On top of that, this film moves very slowly in the beginning, which is a bad characteristic for a kids movie. The pros in this movie are the lovely Sandra Bullock and the handsome Jon Hamm. They do an incredible job voice acting, and were easily some of the best parts of the movie. The special effects are nice but that is expected from the same studio that made Despicable Me. The music is ok, much better than I expected, but by no means outstanding. Honestly, if you want to fall in love with the minions, go watch Despicable Me or Despicable Me 2. Otherwise I would give this film a pass for now, wait until it is out on DVD or Netflix.
Video games have always been an important part of my life. One of my first Christmases that I can remember I received a Nintendo 64 with Mario Kart. To this day I still play Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros. They have not dulled as I have gotten older. Today Mr. Iwata, the President of Nintendo passed away after a fight with cancer. As a President he was unlike any other. As Nintendo has faltered, instead of firing people, Mr. Iwata decided to take a pay cut, half of his salary. This man took the problems of the business and took ownership of them. This is a breath of fresh air in a world of scapegoats. Today the world lost a great man.
Mr. Iwata has brought so many people happiness over the years. I wish him peace in his next adventure. My thoughts go out to his friends and family.
My favorite kinds of books/movies are historical fiction, like National Treasure or Angels and Demons. There is nothing more steeped in mystery that fascinates people like the ancient church. Just look at the success of the DaVinci Code by Dan Brown and you can see how much people love church mystery. The Fifth Gospel by Ian Caldwell is a book that takes history, plays with the facts and then weaves an interesting tale. While it is not as taboo as Jesus having children, it is a very interesting story. Caldwell also does a good job of portraying Vatican life from the point of view of a Vatican citizen. I would say that this book remains very interesting until the very end. While Caldwell could’ve ended with a bang, instead he ends with a soft pop. It is almost as if he glosses over the climax and then just starts to wrap up. If you are looking for a good church mystery, with some murder sprinkled in for fun, then I recommend this book. If that is not your style, then I would give this book a pass.